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School of Medicine Greenville

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Kindal Wessel Dankovich

SOMG Graduation Year

  • 2016 (Charter Class)

 What are you doing professionally now? 

  • I currently have my dream job! I am working clinically as a pediatric hospitalist (plan to sit for the boards in 2024), newborn hospitalist, and pediatrician within our resident clinics. I am lucky that I get to practice in a variety of settings and care for a wide spectrum of patients. I love seeing the joy on parents faces after their newborn baby arrives, celebrating each milestone with families in clinic, and helping sick patients get better in the hospital. I enjoy working with residents and medical students in each of these settings. I am also one of the Associate Program Directors for the Pediatric Residency Program here at Prisma. I truly enjoy teaching and learning from the residents every day.  

Any personal life updates since graduating? 

  • My biggest promotion and joyour sweet baby girl was born. Adam and I got married after the first year of medical school and welcomed Lily to the world in June, 2020.  

Best memory of your time at SOMG? 

  • I have many good memories, but I think Match Day has to be the most memorable. Match Day is a big day for all medical students, but we felt an enormous weight being the Charter Class. Seeing everyone match, and match where they wanted to be, was so exciting and such a relief! I remember two of my very good friends jumping for joy when they both matched at Vanderbiltone in ED (Dr. Maglin Halsey-Nichols) and one in OBGYN (Dr. Amanda Craig), and the tears ran when one of my best friends and I both matched here at PRISMA for Pediatrics (Dr. Madison Merritt).

How did your time at SOMG prepare you for where you are today?  

  • The biggest lesson I learned during my time at SOMG was how to learn. Being at SOMG instilled an internal fire and drive to ask “why,” which I think is so crucial to being a physician. I am a constant learner and teacher in this career and the internal fire still burns! 

What person, course, or experience most influenced you while at SOMG?  

  • There are just too many people to thank. First, Dr. Paul Catalana has been a huge role model; his patience, advice, and leadership are unmatched. Dr. Williams and Dr. Khalil are incredible teachers and I still remember so many of the lessons they taught me. Even as a pediatrician Anatomy and Histology are so important. Pathophysiology, taught by Dr. Kirk Baston, was one of my favorite courses and part of why I love inpatient medicine so much. Finally, my classmatesspecifically Drs. Madison Merritt (Pediatrician at Children’s Clinic Duncan Chapel) and Maglin (Halsey) Nichols (UNC ED physician and APD). These two were my study partners throughout medical schoolthey helped pull me through some difficult courses and helped show me my passion for teaching. I am so grateful for my time at SOMG.  

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